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Emergent Ecologies

Emergent Ecologies

by Eben Kirksey
Paperback
Publication Date: 24/11/2015
  $41.90
In an era of global warming, natural disasters, endangered species, and devastating pollution, contemporary writing on the environment largely focuses on doomsday scenarios. Eben Kirksey suggests we reject such apocalyptic thinking and instead find possibilities in the wreckage of ongoing disasters, as symbiotic associations of opportunistic plants, animals, and microbes are flourishing in unexpected places. Emergent Ecologies uses artwork and contemporary philosophy to illustrate hopeful opportunities and reframe key problems in conservation biology such as invasive species, extinction, environmental management, and reforestation. Following the flight of capital and nomadic forms of life--through fragmented landscapes of Panama, Costa Rica, and the United States--Kirksey explores how chance encounters, historical accidents, and parasitic invasions have shaped present and future multispecies communities. New generations of thinkers and tinkerers are learning how to care for emergent ecological assemblages--involving frogs, fungal pathogens, ants, monkeys, people, and plants--by seeding them, nurturing them, protecting them, and ultimately letting go.
 
ISBN:
9780822360353
9780822360353
Category:
The environment
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
24-11-2015
Language:
English
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
228.6x152.4mm
Weight:
0.45kg
Eben Kirksey

Eben Kirksey is an expert on science and justice. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Atlantic and Wired. He is a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and an associate professor of anthropology at Deakin University, Melbourne. Kirksey is the author of Freedom in Entangled Worlds and Emergent Ecologies.

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